Update (Aug. 19, 7:20 a.m. PT): The Los Angeles Dodgers City Connect jersey was officially unveiled and is available for purchase on Nike’s website and app, among other retailers.
The design features blue pants as well, plus a cap with “Los Dodgers,” just like across the chest.
One week into the 2021 regular season, Nike unveiled plans for seven teams to wear a City Connect uniform this year, with the Los Angeles Dodgers among the inaugural group. By the end of the 2023 season every club is expected to have their own version.
“Nike is uniquely suited for our relationship with MLB because we like pushing the edges of creativity across the board, but it’s always done out of a place of supporting the players and advancing the sport,” Nike vice president of North American League partnerships Sonja Henning said in a statement.
“We take that same attentive energy in hearing insight from athletes and apply that to visualizing new and familiar relationships between clubs, cities and fans.”
The Boston Red Sox were the first to debut an alternate uniform from Nike on April 17, and they have since been followed by the Miami Marlins (May 21), Chicago White Sox (June 5), Chicago Cubs (June 12), Arizona Diamondbacks (June 18) and San Francisco Giants (July 9)
Fan reaction to each Nike City Connect uniform has been mixed. The White Sox ensemble arguably was the most well-received, followed by the Cubs’ relatively modest design compared to fellow alternate looks. The Giants garnered plenty of criticism for gradient look.
The Dodgers played the Diamondbacks when their “Serpientes” design was worn for the first time — and again on Friday night. L.A. also saw the Giants in their Golden Gate Bridge look earlier this week at Oracle Park.
When will Dodgers’ Nike City Connect uniform be unveiled?
Given the looks of prior designs, there’s a certain angst for the Dodgers’ Nike City Connect uniform to be unveiled. Nike is expected to reveal the look on or around August 18. It’s not yet been announced when the team will wear them on the field.
If prior designs are indicative of what’s to come, the Dodgers could be in store for an infusion of color with their City Connect uniform. Nike strives to explore a franchise’s connection to its city and fanbase, each with distinct personalities, values, customs and traditions.
Earlier this year Justin Turner advocated for the Dodgers to incorporate their blue Spring Training top as a road alternate jersey for the regular season.
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